I had a business lunch at Evvia in Palo Alto today with one other person. The restaurant during the day was bright and airy. Very pleasant and nice without being overly formal. There were serveral other tables who appeared to be having business lunches, as well as some apparent dates.
We were seated right away and our drink order was taken shortly thereafter. Our drinks and bread and olive oil came promptly. The service was very smooth and friendly.
The bread was a sort of rustic sourdough, crusty with a soft, holey interior. Seemed to have some whole wheat flour in it. It reminded me of (or was) Acme pain levain. Yummy.
I ordered the grilled octopus salad, which is listed as an entree for lunch. It looked a bit small, but was really plenty of food. It was a mound of frisee, lots of grilled ocotpus, and roasted red peppers. The menu said there would be olives, but unless they were in tiny pieces, I couldn't see any, although I tasted some salty/olive-y flavors. The octopus was marinated it seemed, and grilled then chopped into about one inch pieces. Tender, great flavor and a tiny bit charred from the grill. The red peppers wer cut in little squares. The dressing was very understated, but well seasoned. It came together nicely with octopus as the star.
My companion had the grilled chicken salad, which she enjoyed very much and looked really yummy with avocado and shrimp.
For dessert, I had the walnut cake with vanilla bean ice cream. It was a medium square piece of cake and a small scoop of ice cream. The cake incredibly moist and very tasty. The ice cream was great, too. Mmmmm.
My companion had the greek yogurt with honey, which was a huge scoop (like almost a cup) of delicious, thick greek yogurt drizzled with honey and chopped walnuts. Very nice.
Total with one hot tea and one ice tea before tax and tip: about $50
The prices were the same as on their menu on the web below.
So, not cheap, but very good! I will be back!